Using A Chore Chart To Teach Responsibility

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After seeing how successful our family calendar has been, I decided to create a chore chart to help reinforce our lessons in responsibility.

Chore charts help to teach responsibility and help encourage children to set goals. By linking responsibilities to privileges, we can reward responsible behavior and provide consequences when our children do not follow through.

This project took a little planning out, since it needed to track the chores and progress of eight children. I decided I would separate the top ¾ of the white board into eight sections – one section per child. The bottom ¼ of the board keeps track of whether the children have completed their tasks each day or not. For each day all tasks were completed, they will get a check. At the end of the week, those who have a check for every day, will get a small treat or reward.

The chore chart was really easy to make.



  • Medium to large magnetic dry-erase board


  • 1 roll of black 1/8 inch vinyl art tape


  • Printable magnetic sheets


  • Ruler



First, I planned out how I wanted to divide the magnetic dry-erase board using the ruler.

Then, I applied the vinyl art tape to make the lines.

When all of the lines were done, I typed up the various headings and decided on the chores to be included on the chart. When I finished, I printed up the information on the magnetic sheets.

Once the headings and chores were printed out, I cut them out and placed them on the board.


I love the idea of using magnets so that our chart can be adjusted to fit the changing needs of our family.

The kids love their new chore chart and are so excited to move their chores from the “To Do” section to “Done.”

Leave a comment if you have been inspired to create a chore chart for your family.


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  1. thebrassringec

    What kind of chores would you suggest for 15, 12, and 6 year old kids? And do you tie chores to allowance or pay for specific chores or are chores just part of being part of the family?

    • Jennifer Swartvagher

      My teens and tweens are in charge of bringing out the trash, while my littler ones help sort the recyclables. Clearing the table and washing the dishes rotates among all of them — usually 2 at a time– an older child paired with a younger child. All are responsible for rooms and making beds.

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